"The Irishman": Scorsese's Senior Gangsters

Without going through the Portuguese movie theaters, the most anticipated Netflix debut arrives on Wednesday on the small screen

"The Irishman" is an introspective Martin Scorsese masterpiece, with old crime mates.

At least one thing could be anticipated from The Irishman: the powerful chemistry of Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci's reunion, in what appears to be a sort of return to the universe of Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995). Or something like that. While it is true that references are inevitably present, the difference is that the new film subtly distances itself from the energetic American chronicle of these Martin Scorsese gangster movies . Or rather, the sense of the story remains, and is reinforced, but there is now a calmer meditative dimension, taking us in the stream of time without much noise or agitation; which does not mean there is less blood.

The title of Charles Brandt's book on which the film is based - I Heard You Paint Houses - contains this metaphor for spilled blood. Steven Zaillian, screenwriter who previously collaborated with Scorsese on Gangs of New York (2002), signs the massive adaptation. This is the true story of Frank Sheeran (De Niro), the "Irishman," a World War II veteran who became an Italian-American Mafia assassin and who, in 1975, was involved in the disappearance of the famous union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). Or so it is assumed, from the book's thesis...

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